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December 17, 2001

Six-term plan for schools unveiled
Proposals to radically alter the school year, including shorter summer holidays and scrapping the traditional Easter break, were unveiled today. Supporters of the six-term plan claim it will eventually let students apply to universities with known grades rather than predicted ones. Public exams would be held in the fifth term.

Scots chief science adviser appointed
Wilson Sibbett, professor of physics at the University of St Andrews, has been appointed Scotland’s first chief science adviser by the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He will head the Science Advisory Committee, a panel of experts set up to provide independent advice across the range of policy areas where science and government overlap.

Two dead following clashes in Congo
The University of Kinshasa in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo has closed after two unarmed police were killed when students overpowered them. They were protesting at the death of a student killed by security agents at Lumumbashi. Some student union leaders have been arrested.   

Bogota safeguards right to education
Colombia's education minister has announced emergency provisions to safeguard the constitutional rights to education of 30,000 students affected by the suspension of all teaching courses at the Universidad Antonio Nariño in Bogota. following allegations of serious maladministration.

Turkeys saved from festive gobbling
Thirty turkeys at the Roslin Institute near Edinburgh have been saved from the festive pot after breeding enthusiasts made a marathon trip to rescue them. The Nebraskan turkeys, which had been used in a research programme, were due to be cooked if no one came forward to offer them a home. They have been saved by the Turkey Club UK.       

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